Monday, April 6, 2015

Opening Day Round Up

It's finally here. After an offseason that felt like it dragged on forever, the Nationals' Opening Day against the Mets kicks off in only a few hours. It has been a busy offseason for the Nationals and for the blog. To make sure you are ready for the season, I am pulling together all the useful posts from this offseason into one, easy to access place. What should expect out of Ryan Zimmerman this year? I've got you covered. What Mets players should you watch for during this first series? Look no further.

Player Specific Posts:

Denard Span: 2014 Review, Scouting Report
Anthony Rendon: 2014 Review, Scouting Report
Bryce Harper: 2014 Review, Scouting Report
Jayson Werth: 2014 Review, Scouting Report
Ryan Zimmerman: 2014 Review, Scouting Report
Ian Desmond: 2014 Review, Scouting Report
Wilson Ramos: 2014 Review, Scouting Report
Yunel Escobar: Scouting Report
Stephen Strasburg: 2014 Review
Jordan Zimmermann: 2014 Review
Doug Fister: 2014 Review
Gio Gonzalez: 2014 Review
Tanner Roark: 2014 Review

NL East Preview:

Marlins
Mets
Braves
Phillies

Misc.:

Scouting Report Summary: 1 paragraph scouting report on each of the projected starting position players
2014 Team Review: How well the Nationals actually performed in 2014
Defense and Baserunning: Matt Williams's focus as a new manager was on defense and baserunning. How did they do in 2014? What should we look for in 2015?
Strasburg's New Release Point: Strasburg shifted positions on the rubber mid-2014 season. Will he keep that up in 2015? Will it make a difference?
Batting Lineup Thoughts: batting lineup thoughts
The Nationals and Strikeouts: Do the Nationals strike out a lot? Is it a problem?
How Many Starting Pitchers Do the Nats Need?: aka why Tanner Roark still has a job in DC
Nationals' Bullpen Needs: Why predicting the success of relievers is so hard and why Drew Storen should get another shot to close
Ian Desmond's Performance on First Pitch Swings: Because he swings at a lot of first pitches
Nats and Shifting: Maybe it's not a problem the Nationals are last in defensive shifts
Opening Day Doctor Visit: The full 25 man roster review - a little out of date but the DL list still stands intact, unfortunately

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